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I recently raised the matter of the cabin crew strike at Aer Lingus with Minister Varadkar during Topical questions in the Dáil.
Since the issue of the upcoming strike was raised in the House yesterday, Aer Lingus has, at the eleventh hour, invited the unions in to talks. I am not sure whether those talks have commenced. There was no indication earlier of when they might take place, but it is late in the day and follows on from the company’s utterances yesterday more or less threatening workers that, should the new roster regime suggested by Aer Lingus cabin crew be brought in, the company would have no alternative but to shut its operations in Ireland and locate some of its bases in North America, with a loss of jobs.
At Leaders Questions 27/05/2014 Clare asked what the government as a 25% stakeholder in Aer Lingus were going to do with regard to the 1,000 Cabin crew currently in dispute over working hours. The company has refused to go to the Labour Court and negotiate and has instead spent company money on legal action and advertising to undermine its staff. Click on the link below to watch:
I recently asked the Minister for Transport an number of questions about the on going pension crisis at Aer Lingus.
To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport as the holder of 25% ownership of Aer Lingus if he will outline the contact he has had with the company in relation to recent pension problems, including threatened industrial action and legal action.
Clare Daly TD, Aer Lingus worker & SIPTU shop steward fully supports the statement by concerned SIPTU activists in relation to the outrageous attempt by Aer Lingus to sue SIPTU & Union Official Dermot O’Loughlin in particular.
The decision of Aer Lingus to seek damages against SIPTU and a named official, Dermot o Loughlin, represents a major threat to the trade unions. The Minister for Finance has a 25 percent stake in the company and the government should oppose this move.